Christopher Browning, Ph.D.

Leading Holocaust expert to discuss survival in a Nazi slave-labor camp

The USF St. Petersburg Honors Program and the Florida Holocaust Museum present Christopher Browning, one of the most distinguished Holocaust scholars in the country, April 25 at USF St. Petersburg.

Browning will discuss his latest book, Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp, at the University Student Center Ballroom, 200 6th Ave. S, at 6:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Browning’s book, which focuses on a Nazi slave labor camp in Poland, was called by the Washington Post a “fine, harrowing’’ account that takes uncharted directions in Holocaust history. It won the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research in 2012 for exceptional new research on a topic related to the Holocaust. The award committee called called the book “a model of a sophisticated, methodologically aware, self-reflective use of testimonial evidence.”

Browning, the Frank Porter Graham Professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is the author of seven Holocaust-related books.

“Dr. Browning’s research is shedding new light on a chapter of Holocaust history that has long been neglected,” said Thomas Smith, director of the USFSP Honors Program. “We thank him for sharing with our community his findings on this neglected chapter in Holocaust history.”

The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg is proud to play a part in bringing Dr. Browning to the university, said Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman. “Professor Browning’s visit comes on the heels of recent news reports of research that found Nazi slave labor camps were more numerous than anyone realized,” Gelman said. “The findings are staggering, and the quality of Professor Browning’s work is extraordinary.”

The Honors Program at USF St. Petersburg offers academically gifted, highly motivated students an exceptional experience that broadens and deepens their undergraduate education. A distinguished faculty guides special seminars and lectures and provide Honors students with an array of research opportunities culminating in an original senior thesis.

For more information about Browning’s lecture or the Honors Program, please call Thomas Smith at (727) 873-4872.

Holocaust Museum tour

Education students take eye-opening tour at the Florida Holocaust Museum

Students in a graduate reading class in the College of Education toured the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Nov. 10, as as a way to bring to life concepts they have been discussing this semester.

The overarching theme for the course, Vocabulary and Word Study, is how the literature and content used in the K-12 classroom should be undergirded with social justice, said AnnMarie Alberton Gunn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy. The class has been reading and discussing Night, the autobiography of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Most of the students are teachers and the rest are working toward their teaching certificate.

During the tour, the students learned about the teaching trunks the museum has put together and how the contents can be used in the  classroom. “The trunks are an amazing resource,” said Dr. Gunn. “Inside the trunks are class sets of books, movies, DVD’s, posters all sorts of literacy tools. Teachers can check out these trunks and take them to their classrooms.”

The tour had a big impact, she said. “All the students talked about what a great experience it was,” Dr. Gunn said. “I think it definitely will influence how they look at literature and how they infuse it in the classroom.”

She said she plans to interview the students in a year to gauge the impact the class has had on their teaching.


Imaculee Illibagiza, Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Speaks April 14

(St. Petersburg, Fla.) April 7, 2010 – The Florida Holocaust Museum and the Honors Program at USF St. Petersburg present an evening with Imaculee Illibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and author of Left to Tell, Led by Faith and Our Lady of Kibeho.

Imaculee Illibagiza: Left to Tell

Wednesday, April 14

7 p.m.

Student Life Center

She survived the genocide by hiding for 91 days with seven other women in the bathroom of a pastor’s house. Today she is regarded as a leading speaker on peace, faith and forgiveness.

Click here for a biography of Illibagiza.

Illibagiza will discuss her latest book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

For more information, please contact Thomas Smith at (727) 873-4583 or by email.